The modular smartphone craze is slowly making its rounds all over the tech sphere thanks to its impressions of great adaptability and high functionality. For those who are not familiar with a modular smartphone, it is a base mobile phone unit sans components such as a camera and RAM, and is commonly powered by a mediocre micro processor.


The good thing is that you can customize a modular smartphone with an accessory to your own liking! If you are inclined to taking photographs and recording videos, then you can add a great mobile phone camera to your modular smartphone. If you are more on the entertainment side, then a VR (virtual reality) accessory and a good RAM might work. You can adjust your mobile phone to your own needs and to your lifestyle without having the need to buy a high-end smartphone with some features you might not be interested to use.


Modular smartphones will soon be available in the market for global tech consumers. In the last Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, LG has announced that the newest member of its flagship series, the LG G5, will be the world’s first modular smartphone.


Fairphone, a mobile company based in the Netherlands, also claims to have developed the world’s first modular smartphone, Fairphone 2. Their version however is composed of parts that may be disassembled instead of having a base phone with attachable add-ons. 

Fairphone 2 is more or less designed for longevity since you can easily replace worn out or defective parts when the phone malfunctions rather than entire device.

Also, back in 2013, Motorola spearheaded a program to develop modular smartphones. The program was later on transferred to Google and was introduced to the public during last year’s Mobile World Congress in Spain under the name ‘Project Ara’.

The concept involves a central module board with attachable individual modules of your own choice. Testing is reported to commence during the last quarter of 2016 in USA.

As of now, the range of modules is still limited and the customizability is as well not comparable to desktop computers.

Nevertheless, the future looks bright for these modular phones which cater to your budget, lifestyle, and personal preferences.